Transformers to get the reboot treatment by Bay
Producer Lorenzo Di Bonaventura has revealed that he and Michael Bay are in the development process for the next Transformers film, and that this will not be a sequel or apparently a prequel, but it's going to be a reboot.
That's really interesting, a reboot of a franchise with the director who created all the films in the original franchise, and it's not more than five years since the first film appeared and one year since the last.
Producer Lorenzo Di Bonaventura was pretty concrete about his comments:
"Michael's going to direct it...It will be in the summer of 2014."
There's little doubt about that then, but the question will be if it really is a reboot in the entire film or just the story because they can't push the current storyline any further:
"I think we really are going to do a reboot there... what that's going to be, we don't even know yet…. We've got to get a story first."
There are clearly a lot of unknowns; they haven't decided what's happening on the story side, and that previous comment about it being a reboot might now be called into question:
"It's a hybrid because there's still continuity going on, and there will be a lot of new cast...Whether there's anybody from the first cast, we don't even know yet. But it's going to be a whole new story."
Well if there's continuity going on then why is it a reboot? A reboot doesn't need continuity. Now I am confused and it seems as though Di Bonaventura is too. I assume that the continuity he's referring to is the fact that we should see the characters of the robots return in the forms that we've seen them and nothing more, not that we're going to see human characters return since, if they are doing a reboot, they most likely wouldn't be there.
He is sure however that both Optimus Prime and Bumblebee would return to the film, and said so in his comments in the The Hollywood Reporter article.
Could they reboot the franchise with a new origin film that picked some of the original cast of human characters and pulled them into this film, possibly recasting?
The big question is really what this film will be in tone. If it's a reboot then there's clearly the opportunity to do something different with it and that's often the intent with a reboot, so does that mean Bay is going to give us a different Transformers franchise? Perhaps a darker more adult version?
It's not clear right now and I don't think it will be for a while, with a 2014 release and Michael Bay set to work on something different, we won't really know the direction of the next Transformers for a while. However which direction would you want it to go?